CDC NHSN LTCF Weekly Healthcare Personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Page UPDATED (6/22)

Weekly health care personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Long-term care facilities can track weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. June 2022 updates As of June 29, there have been three separate updates, all of which are listed below: …

TIP: AHRQ Seeks Nursing Homes to Participate in Pilot Study for Workplace Safety

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is developing a survey item set to assist nursing homes to identify and improve workplace safety. They are currently seeking nursing homes to participate in the pilot study of the Workplace Supplemental Item Set.  If selected, participating nursing homes will receive: Free …

Q&A: Where can I find information regarding staffing on the AAPACN website?

Question: Where can I find information regarding staffing on the AAPACN website? Answer from Scott Hammond: Use the word “staffing” in the search feature on the AAPACN website. This provides the user with various articles and resources on staffing. There is also a new AAPACN Staffing Tool available for purchase …

AAPACN Responds to CMS’s Comment Request for FY 2023 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA and Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP The annual rulemaking process enables stakeholders to comment on proposals that will affect skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) throughout the next year. In early April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2023 …

TIP: The U.S. Surgeon General Releases New Advisory on How to Combat Healthcare Worker Burnout

Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, has released a new advisory on how to address healthcare worker burnout in nursing homes. This includes assistance from providers, government, academic institutions, technology, friends and families, and the workers themselves. There are six specific actions to address burnout included in the address: Protect the health, …

Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Policy Manual V2.6 — Update (6/22)

This manual provides general background and information about the submission requirements, such as sample submission screens, submission deadlines, and definitions of job categories. Note: Changes from the previous version of this policy manual are identified in red/italics. PBJ Policy Manual Final (V2.6) 06.01.2022 (PDF) From https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ

TIP: NETEC Presents Staff Resiliency in Long Term Care Podcast

Facility leaders can listen to a new free podcast from the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) regarding staff resiliency in long-term care. Dr. Vanessa Raabe, MD discusses areas such as how staff burnout affects long-term care organizations and what organizations can do to boost resiliency personally …

CMS QSO Memo QSO-22-15 Sets End to Many COVID-19 Public Heath Emergency Nursing Home Waivers (4/22)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to continue to protect nursing home residents’ health and safety by announcing guidance that restores certain minimum standards for compliance with CMS requirements. Restoring these standards will be accomplished by phasing out some temporary emergency declaration waivers that have …

Retain Nursing Home Staff with Stay Interviews and an Action Plan

Since the start of the pandemic, the healthcare system has experienced significant job losses, but in recent months, all sectors have slowly begun to recover—except for nursing homes and assisted living communities (AHCA, 2021). Despite record employee departures, there are nursing home staff who have stayed throughout the pandemic, as …

CNA Longevity Part 2: Money Isn’t a Cure-All—Management Style Matters

Editor’s note: In this two-part series, this article covers management techniques that can help directors of nursing services (DNSs) and other members of the administrative team improve long-term certified nursing assistant (CNA) retention. The first article addresses operational flexibilities that can boost CNA longevity. Providing CNAs with a livable wage …